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New Teacher Training Qualifications

Level 3 Award  Level 4 Certificate  Level 5 Diploma

Why the 2011 qualifications and 2007 regulations have changed

Extract from Teaching and Training Qualifications for the Further Education and Skills Sector in England (2013): Guidance for employers and practitioners

 

In 2012, an independent panel of experts, chaired by Lord Lingfield, looked at the arrangements to regulate and facilitate the professionalism of the further education and skills workforce. Following the interim report from Lord Lingfield,Professionalism in Further Education: Interim Report (March 2012), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) launched a consultation on the workforce regulations and, in July 2012, asked LSIS to lead a review of the teaching qualifications, to simplify and rename them, working closely with employers and stakeholders in the sector. More information about the findings of the review can be found in the report Further Education and Skills in England: New Qualifications for Teachers and Trainers: Phase Two – Findings Report (LSIS, 2013).In September 2012, amended workforce regulations were introduced that removed the requirement to join the Institute for Learning (IfL) and acquire professional status but retained, for a further twelve months, the requirement to work towards the achievement of the existing teaching qualifications. This signalled a move to a new approach that will not be dependent on government regulation but where the sector will decide for itself the best way to raise and maintain standards.

 

How do you know where to start from September 2013?

The University of Warwick ITT partnership is planning to deliver from September 2013 the following new ITT qualifications:

 

Level 3 Award in Education and Training 12 credits

 

Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 36 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 120 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Teaching English:Literacy) 120 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Teaching Mathematics:Numeracy) 120 credits  
Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (Teaching Disabled Learners) 120 credits  

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English:Literacy 45 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Mathematics:Numeracy 45 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Disabled Learners 45 credits

 

Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Functional Skills 30 credits

 

Individuals can decide which qualification they want to start on and do not, for example, need to complete a level 3 Award before starting a level 5 diploma. Alternatively some people may choose to take a slower route by taking a qualification at each level in turn.

 

Level 3 Award in Education and Training 12 credits

(This qualification repalces the PTLLS: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

 

This introductory, knowledge-based teaching qualification has no minimum teaching practice requirement. Therefore, it may be undertaken by people who are not in a teaching role. However, there is a minimum requirement to take part in microteaching.

 

This qualification is suitable for you if you:

  • are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role and want a short qualification;
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of study for A-levels;
  • want a qualification without a minimum teaching practice requirement.

 

The qualification covers:

  • understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training;
  • understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education;
  • understanding assessment in education and training
 

How long is the course?

The level 3 Award course contains twelve three hour taught sessions (delivered in a variety of delivery models) with additional hours expected for the trainee teacher to work on their Professional Development Portfolio.

 

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Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 36 credits

(This qualification replaces CTLLS: Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

 

This qualification develops practical teaching skills and can prepare teachers to work in a wide range of contexts. You need to be teaching or have a teaching placement to undertake this qualification as there is a requirement for a minimum of 30 hours of practice.

 

The course covers:

  • understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training;
  • planning to meet the needs of learners;
  • delivering teaching or training;
  • assessing learners;
  • using resources in education and training.

 

This qualification is suitable for people who:

  • want a qualification which focuses on practical teaching;
  • are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited;
  • are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 30 hours;
  • are able to undertake a qualification of medium size;
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as the first year of an undergraduate degree;
  • are willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record their development needs and follow an action plan to address them where necessary.
 

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Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training 120 credits

(This qualification replaces the DTLLS: Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector)

 

This qualification provides training for those people who aspire to, or hold, a teaching role with an extensive range of teaching or training responsibilities, including those in more than one context. There is a requirement for a minimum of 100 hours of practice so you will need to be teaching or be able to secure a teaching placement.

 

The course covers:

  • planning, delivering and evaluating inclusive teaching and learning;
  • assessing learning in education and training;
  • understanding theories, principles and models in education and training;
  • understanding professionalism and the influence of professional values in education and training
  • action leaning
  • action research

 

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • want the opportunity to explore underpinning theories, frameworks and research into effective teaching and learning alongside developing practical teaching skills;
  • are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited;
  • are not currently teaching but can meet the minimum teaching practice requirement of 100 hours;
  • are able to undertake a large qualification, lasting one to two years;
  • have the potential to study at this level, which has the same level of demand as that of a degree course;
  • are willing to undertake an initial assessment of their skills in English, mathematics and ICT, record their development needs and follow an action plan to address them where necessary
 

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